Don E. Gibbons, Ph.D., NJ Licensed Psychologist #03513
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Friday, June 5, 2015

False Perceptions, False Beliefs --- and Better Ones!

Here is a list of false perceptions and false beliefs which may have been setting us up for failure.

Most of us are familiar with the following "Serenity Prayer" by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, which has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step organizations:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

The following rules for a positive philosophy of life were written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s. They have been circulated and re-printed many times since then. He called them Desiderata; but I would like to take the liberty of also referring to them as The Serenity Rules, because they spell out some excellent illustrations of how to apply the Serenity Prayer in our own lives. 
(or "The Serenity Rules")
by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence 
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is. Many persons strive for high ideals,and everywhere life is full of heroism. 
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. 
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
 Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy,

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What Einstein Didn't Tell Us

Physics didn't stop with Einstein. In the following video, Prof. Michio Kaku helps to fill us in on some of what has transpired since then.

The numerous revolutions in scientific thinking since the Middle Ages have probably affected our beliefs about ourselves, the world, and the future as much as any other form of suggestion-enhanced experience. But the past is prologue. In other words, "Brother, you ain't seen nothin' yet!"